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Minutes of the meeting of Crich Parish Council

Monday 11th January 2010, held in the Glebe Field Centre.

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Cllr Lane (Chair), Cllrs. Bown, Clark, Harrison, Harwood and Fudge. Six members of the public. Clerk in attendance.


Cllrs Bateman, Birkin, Steppings, Tromans and Thorpe. AVBC Cllr. Taylor.

10/466 Matters raised by members of the public

Five residents of Chase View expressed their detailed objections to Planning application AVA/2009/1087 (the building of a pair of semi-detached houses at 20, Chase View, Crich). These included concerns over access for emergency vehicles, road safety, parking, increased traffic movement, privacy, housing density, damage to the adjacent un-adopted road, sewage problems and land drainage It was claimed that the development would require the removal of a well established hedge which is a feature and which provides a significant habitat for wildlife.

The applicant pointed out that the footprint of the proposed new build only exceeded the old by 10% and offered to provide any further information the Council or objectors required.

10/467 Declarations of interest

Chair � her property backs onto the one referred to in Planning Application AVA/2009/1126.

10/468 Police matters

PC Peter Wilbourne and PCSO Donna Shaw (now Walker) attended. They reported a quiet month on the local crime scene. They had attended and enjoyed the Carol Service and will continue to work with the Youth Club.

10/469 Local Authority Councillors

Cty Cllr Jackson, who is the DCC Cabinet Member whose responsibilities include Highways and Transport, gave a detailed description of the sterling work being done by DCC to keep the roads passable in wintry weather. He drew attention to the damaging effect salt has on road surfaces and drains and the inevitable cost of repair work.

In response to a request from a resident he has ordered Hindersitch Lane to be snow-ploughed and he has held a site meeting with David Orton of DCC Highways to discuss the long-standing traffic problems on the Market Place with specific reference to the safety of the school crossing. It was agreed to set up a meeting between Cty Cllr. Jackson and the Parish Council Transport Committee.

10/470 Minutes of the meeting of 7th December 2009

The minutes were approved and signed by Chair.

10/471 Matters arising from the Minutes

AVBC have been informed of the litter problem on the footpath by the Recreation Ground and of the problem with overhanging branches at Wheatsheaf Lane.
A letter has been received from Commander G. M. Sherwood of Derbyshire Constabulary thanking the Council for their letter expressing appreciation for the help given by the Police in setting up the Youth Club. Specific mention is made of PC Peter Wilbourne and PCSO Donna Walker.

Peter Carney, Chief Executive of AVBC, has replied to the Council�s letter regarding its disquiet over the �Once Only Planning Decisions� proposal. The draft has been modified and will be considered in the New Year. Crich Parish Council�s comments have been noted.
Alex Butler and Richard Horton, who represent Crich Scouts, have been informed of the offer of �6000 to help with improvements at the Scout hut and of the conditions attached to this offer.

Belper Town Council has been thanked for their help with the provision of small Christmas trees and lights.

Clerk has been in touch with Ken Briddon (allotment ground owner) and Angela Curran of Crich Carr Primary School regarding reparation of the track at the allotments. The work will not be carried out until the weather improves but Clerk is satisfied at this stage that the track will be restored.

The contract for clearing overgrown allotments on behalf of the Parish Council has been awarded to P. J. Barnicoat Plant Ltd. of Palterton, Chesterfield.
Letter of support has been sent to Shirland, Highham & Oakerthorpe Against Landfill (SHOAL).

Residents of Jeffrey�s Avenue, who live adjacent to the proposed site of the new street lamp on Wheatsheaf Lane, have been given the opportunity to comment. As no objection has been received, an order for the light will be placed with DCC.
Grass Track has been asked to present its costings for maintenance of the Burial Ground, the Recreation Ground, the Drying Ground and the Jubilee Ground for the forthcoming year but, as yet, has not replied. Clerk showed these areas to Countrywide Grounds Maintenance but no quote has yet been received.

10/472 Clerk�s Report

Grit bin up-date:
Re-fills have been ordered as bins have been reported empty - refills cost �64.46 (standard) or �57.74 (small).

A replacement bin is required at the site near Carrs Farm, Pit Lane
One of the new bins on Hollins Lane has been stolen

Councillors expressed disappointment that so much grit has been stolen for use on private property when it is provided for use on public roads and footpaths around the site of the bin.

Clerk has published a document on the CACN website indicating ownership of grit bins and the procedure for reporting them empty or damaged.
It was agreed that an order be placed for all bins to be replenished and for the missing and stolen bin to be replaced.

Chris Beale of ABVC has asked if Parish Councils wish to have their play equipment inspected. Clerk has replied that a more important issue for Crich Parish Council is for remedial work, identified in an AVBC report last June, to be carried out. Requests for this to take place have been repeatedly ignored.

DCC is funding the provision of Blue Plaques in the county to mark buildings which have connection with significant people or events. Cllr. Clark has referred this matter to Crich Heritage partnership and Clerk will pass on any suggestions to the relevant department at DCC.

10/473 Planning decisions

TRE/2009/0504: Brook Cottage, Bobbin Mill Hill � fell Christmas tree � PERMITTED
AVA/2009/0685: Whitehouse Farm, Plaistow Green Road - change of use barn to domestic accommodation � PERMITTED

10/474 Planning applications

AVA/2009/1087: 20 Chase View, Crich � 2 semi-detached houses. COUNCIL AGREED TO CONVEY THE CONCERNS OF THE NEIGHBOURS TO AVBC (see Matters Raised by Members of the Public)
AVA/2009/1174: Tramway Museum � 80 sq. Metre of photovoltaic panels to west side of roof of exhibition hall. NO OBJECTION
AVA/2009/1126: Fairfield Farm Barn, Kirkham Lane, Fritchley � roof works, replacement feed barn and timber stables NO OBJECTION.
AVA/2009/1129: Request by DCC for change of use of dwelling house at Crich Carr Primary School. NO OBJECTION as such but Council does regret any loss of affordable housing.
AVA/2010/0010: Proposed conservatory to rear elevation, 106 The Common, Crich. No details available on AVBC website
AVA/2010/0020: Culland Farm, Wingfield Park, South Wingfield � change of use from cattle housing to livery stables. NO OBJECTION

10/475 Accounts

Yorkshire Bank current A/C at 10.12.09; �45736.84
Yorkshire Bank Charity A/C �130.14


C. H. Ludlam salary + expenses �466.32 chq. 447
Glebe Field Trust �570.00 chq. 448
L. Spencer �118.17 chq. 449
HMR & C, third quarter �408.31 chq. 450
Belper Town Council �146.00 chq. 451
BT Internet �45.96 chq. 452
Grass Track (Nov.) �367.79 chq. 454
C. D. Bown (switches and lights) �55.51 chq. 455
C. Farmer Ltd. �139.00 chq. 456
Peter Clark �3.27 chq. 458
Tors Community Sports Group �200.00 chq. 459
Crich RBL �250.00 chq. 460
Crich WI �200.00 chq. 461
Fritchley WI �200.00 chq. 462
Whatstandwell Social Club �200.00 chq. 463
Crich Infant School �150.00 chq. 464
Crich Junior School �150.00 chq. 465
Fritchley Primary School �150.00 chq. 466
Crich Carr School �150.00 chq. 467
Fritchley Christmas Tree �200.00 chq. 468
Crich Luncheon Club �225.00 chq. 469
Crich Fete Committee �250.00 chq. 470
Crich Evergreen Club �200.00 chq. 471
Crich Brass �250.00 chq. 472
Sims Charity �250.00 chq. 473
Muddlealong (M. J. & C. P. Teace)* �75.00 chq. 474
Grass Track (Dec) �367.79 chq. 475
Belper Skip Hire �92.00 chq. 476
Glebe Field Trust (YC rent) �81.55 chq. 477
C. H. Ludlam (travel expenses) �8.63 chq. 478

* The organisation does not have a bank account. The Parish Council cannot make a payment until an bank account is set up.

10/476 Circulars and publications

Derbyshire Community Climate Action Conference 13th. March 2010 at County Hall. More information from
Christmas cards from: Judy Mallaber MP, Mercian Regiment and Cty. Cllr. Chris Jackson

10/477 Communications from members of the public


Chair thanked everyone for their attendance and the meeting closed at 9.00 pm.

NEXT MEETING 7. 30 pm Monday February 1st. 2010
Clive Ludlam,
Parish Clerk
15th January 2010
Glebe Field Centre, Crich, Matlock DE4 5 EU
01773 853928